President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on October 17 conveyed sympathy to President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III over a recent powerful earthquake in the central region that resulted in great losses of human life and property.

On the same day, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Binh also sent his sympathy to his Philippines counterpart Albert F. del Rosario.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, the 7.2-magnitude quake near Balilihan town on Bohol Island killed at least 107 people, leaving hundreds of others injured and affecting millions of people.-VNA